Terry Francona made his weekly appearance on The Big Show Wednesday and discussed the status of a pair of injured players, Josh Beckett and J.D. Drew.
Beckett will miss at least a start after spraining his ankle in Toronto on Monday. With the end of the regular season nearing, Francona was asked if the timing of this injury is particularly difficult for the Sox.
"Things happen and you deal with it," Francona said. "You can either choose to deal with it and find a way to win or feel sorry for yourself and make excuses. I don't think we want to do the latter. What we want to do is get Beckett healthy and get him back on the mound when he's supposed to get back on the mound. We don't know when that is yet. For us to go where we want, you need guys like that. We'll get him back on the mound when he's supposed to be. … The five day progression of his starts are very important. So whenever he's able to start it up, that's when we...
TORONTO -- Tim Wakefield will take the mound for the Red Sox on Wednesday vs. the Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre. Wakefield (6-6, 4.95) has been stuck at 199 career wins since July 24, a span that has included six starts for the right-hander. Wakefield will be opposed by Brandon Morrow (9-10, 4.78), who has struggled in his last three starts, losing all three while allowing 14 runs in 16 innings pitched.
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NHL commissoner Gary Bettman released a statement Wednesday after the plane carrying KHL team Lokomotiv Yaroslavl crashed, killing 43 people including former Bruins defenseman Brad McCrimmon (the head coach of the team), as well as former NHL players Ruslan Salei, Pavol Demitra, Karel Rachunek, Karlis Skrastins and Josef Vasicek.
"Though it occurred thousands of miles away from our home arenas, this tragedy represents a catastrophic loss to the hockey world -- including the NHL family, which lost so many fathers, sons, teammates and friends who at one time excelled in our league," Bettman said. "Our deepest condolences go to the families and loved ones of all who perished.”
According to a report from Yahoo! Sports, no plans have been made regarding how the team will repopulate its roster.
FOXBORO -- Right tackle Sebastian Vollmer was the only player not spotted at the beginning of Patriots practice on Wednesday afternoon on the main Gillette Stadium field. The team worked out in full pads in preparation for their season opener Monday night in Miami against the Dolphins.
Linebackers Dane Fletcher and Jermaine Cunningham were among the seven players to return while newcomers Dan Gronkowski and linebacker E.J. Edds were also on hand for their first practice after being added to the 53-man roster earlier in the day. Also returning were Taylor Price, Stevan Ridley, Kyle Arrington, Shane Vereen, Jeff Tarpinian and Mark Anderson.
Hall of Fame baseball writer and analyst Peter Gammons made his weekly appearance on the Mut & Merloni show Wednesday to talk about the latest Red Sox news.
The biggest news out of Toronto this week is the ankle injury to Red Sox starter Josh Beckett.
"I don't think we know until he goes out there," Gammons said of the injury's severity. "It's his push-off ankle. They say, 'OK, it's all right.' It's kind of like saying, 'Well, geez, [Clay] Buchholz feels great,' when he hasn't thrown yet. You don't know.
"I think what worries me here -- hopefully I'm just being worrisome -- but Beckett has become such a precise pitcher. He's very thoughtful. He's not throwing 98 the way he did when he was a kid. And yet, he is so precise. He takes the time to make really good pitches. The changeup has come so far. You just worry that if he gets thrown off a little bit, what is he going to be? He's a very, very tough guy. But we're...
Dale, Michael and Jerry dig into the details of this draft for the Patriots with ESPN's Mike Reiss.
Giardi and Price discuss the Tom Brady appeal getting overturned and Roger Goodell's victory tour. The guys can't believe the victory lap and some of his behavior. The more you listen to him, the more frustrating his behavior becomes.
Giardi and Price break down how the teams in the AFC East altered their futures after the NFL Draft weekend.
Isaiah Thomas talks to Glenn and Lou about why he loves Boston, the NBA Money Bump, oh, and some Durant guy
Danny Ainge joins Glenn and Christian to explain the Celtics draft process; and he also discusses the trade rumors that permeated the night.
Mut is flying solo the last hour, but he's giving reaction and analysis as the Celtics draft a power forward out of France by the name of Guerschon Yabusele and getting some early grades for the Celtics
We check in with the manager of the Boston Red Sox, John Farrell joins us live from Tampa for our weekly update on all things Sox.
Eduardo Rodriguez and the Sox stumbled in their 13-7 loss to the Rays. Mut recaps the game and takes your calls on all things Boston baseball.
Christian recaps the Red Sox 6-2 loss to the Rangers.
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
Butch is joined by two-thirds of the Sunday Skate show in DJ and Pete. The guys discuss the problems with Bruins including leadership and grit, who should stay and who should go and if Claude is to blame.
The guys end the show listening to Gary Tanguay channeling his 1980 DJ roots. Also, producer Ken Laird is forced to read 'Love on the Other Side of the Glass again'
Kirk rips Gary for being a bad father, although both could be headed for divorce
Minihane, Tanguay and Giradi get serious for about twenty minutes to discuss the Celtics chances of landing anybody in free agency.
Lou, Curt Schilling, and John Tomase talk about John Farrell, the Front Office, and the Sox Roster.
WEEI Bruins Reporter DJ Bean joins Lou, Curt Schilling, and John Tomase to talk about the Bruins signing David Backes to a 5 year deal, and Torey Krug to a 4 year deal, and NHL Free Agency as a whole.
Conservative Curt and Liberal John go toe-to-toe about guns and politics.
The Bruin's defenseman joins Michael and Dale to talk about his new contract, his new teammate David Backes, and how the Bruins are ready to get back to the playoffs
We discuss the moves (or lack thereof) of the Bruins so far, and how fans have been less than receptive to the few changes.
Should he stay or should he go? We discuss it.
Kirk Minihane talks to Antoine Walker about his troubles with gambling, losing his $100m fortune, his relationship with Paul Pierce, and playing under Rick Pitino.
Former Celtics General Manager Jan Volk joins Kirk Minihane for a discussion that any Celtics fan will love. Kirk and Jan talk about the legendary 85/86 Celtics and how the team was constructed and of course the decision to draft Len Bias and his tragic death.
Kirk Minihane sits down with John Tomase to talk about the current political landscape, John's desire to write about social issues, and of course Spygate is discussed.
Ken Laird and Ryan Hannable go over the state of the Red Sox minor league, with help from the voice of the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs Mike Antonellis.
WEEI’s Scott McLaughlin talks to Boston University defenseman Charlie McAvoy about getting drafted 14th overall by the Boston Bruins.
Ben, Russ and Alex start the show by discussing the breaking news that Zlatan Ibrahimovic is headed to Manchester United. They also continue to cover the EURO's and Iceland's improbable run through the tourney. And of course, inevitably, they address Lionel Messi's announcement that he is retiring from Argentina.
The guys finish the show bantering about Max Kellerman apparently getting the Skip Bayless job, Iceland's win over England in the Euro 2016, and Caitlyn Jenner on SIMore from this show
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